In a study of farming villages in Malawi, Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak and his colleagues found that women’s performance on communication tasks seemed to be hindered by how other people received their work.
Consumers often aren’t willing to take a chance on a new product until their neighbors do. A new study investigated the use of targeted subsidies that leveraged such "peer effects" to spark adoption of hygienic latrines, which reduce the spread of pathogens.
Studies suggest that the long-term impact of microfinance is limited. Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak and the University of Chicago’s Vikas Dimble write that the much-touted policy tool can help more people by modifying and extending its model.
Randomized control trials may offer a tool for cost-effective, evidence-based policy making and perhaps even a deeper understanding of human behavior.
Could something as simple as a bus ticket keep hundreds of millions of people from going hungry in the months between planting and harvest?
Do new arrivals in a country take jobs away from the native residents? The picture is much more complex than that, argues Yale SOM’s Mushfiq Mobarak.
Research shows that, contrary to much of the rhetoric on the topic, immigration can contribute to economic growth and expansion of the labor market
Research by Mushfiq Mobarak suggests that improved crop productivity through electrification pushes Brazilian farmers away from land-intensive cattle grazing.
Professor A. Mushfiq Mobarak argues that claims about the impact of foreign aid should be tested with careful empirical study.
Professor Mushfiq Mobarak and co-author Alix Zwane argue that discouraging labor migration is not the right way to help Nepal recover.